New '67 Impala owner, Carmichael CA
Hi all, and thank you for having such a great site. I've been into classic cars for a while, as I own several first generation Camaros and a 1955 Bel Air 4-door. I've always loved Impalas since I was a little kid, and our family car when I was a little boy was a gold 2-door Impala. I've been on the lookout for a good one for a long time, and just happened upon a Bolero Red 1967 Impala with red interior. She originally came equipped with the L6/Powerglide combination, but during the last few years someone swapped out the L6 for some sort of SBC on makeshift motor mounts. She is an original AC car, and came with tinted front windows and upgraded seatbelts with front retractors. She's a little rough, but I have some wonderful plans for this car. A good friend of mine has a Camaro restoration shop, and has handled the majority of the work on the cars that I have restored or rebuilt, as I don't have the tools or enough time to do most of this myself. For this car, I plan on keeping things pretty simple with some straightforward upgrades, like a rebuilt small block, TH-700R4 overdrive transmission, new A/C system from Vintage Air, front disc brakes with a mild drop, and I'm contemplating a Hotchkis front and rear sway bar set for good road manners. For me, the Bolero Red exterior/red interior is really a lot of red, but so much of the interior is in good condition, that it makes sense for me to keep that combination. Also, I've worn myself out with paint issues on two of my cars trying to get the metallic paint to match or be consistent, that a two-stage non-metallic red is fine by me.
I frequently give my cars names. My first '67 Camaro was dubbed "The Deathtrap" by my parents after a small electrical fire I had after I bought her, and my '55 Bel Air is referred to as "The Wrath of Khan", as the guy I bought it from in the Bay Area was named Mohammed Khan, and given the problems I had with my first painter and interior supplier, I was seriously thinking about self-destructing the car. My '69 Camaro Pace Car is named "Mario" since Mario Andretti won the '69 Indy 500, and my mom's '78 Lincoln Continental Diamond Jubilee Edition is named "Marilyn" after Marilyn Monroe. Given all the red on this car, and as the old saying goes "the carpets match the drapes", I'm leaning towards calling her "Ginger".
Thanks in advance for the guidance and support. I've gotten to know a few people from TriFive.com as well as my local Camaro club, and I really do enjoy getting to know some of the people on the boards.
Relax, all right? My dad's a TV repairman, got an ultimate set of tools. I can fix it!
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